Live Release Rate Report Card for:

Alachua County Animal Services


Live Release Rate (LRR)






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Best Performing Shelters & Rescues

The Good News:
While all animal shelters and rescues that achieve Live Release Rates (LRR) of over 90% are doing at least some things very well, those that perform at this level are doing many things well. Achieving save rates this high demonstrates a clear commitment to treating every life as one worth saving and have implemented the programs needed, or, in the very least, have the leadership in place to ensure staff is doing all they can.

The Other News:
Organizations performing at this level often (but not always) have a handful of key staff and volunteers who do the majority of the heavy-lifting and who work tirelessly to ensure lives are saved. Care needs to be taken to ensure these people do not burn out. If the organization perceives this may be an issue, care should be taken to help these staff and volunteers to develop better work/life balance, while helping to spread the workload around.

What Others Can Do:
Boards of directors, government officials, busnesses and others in the community should reward organizations achieving this level of success with great support, including but not limited to, financial support. Money is important and the work cannot be done without it, but emotional and spiritual support are important, too. Organizations, and the people in them making this life-saving happen, deserve recognition, support and continued encouragement.

Suggestion: Better Nutrition to Save More Cats

Watch: What's in Pet Food?

One of the last groups of cats saved by well-performing shelters are those with a wide-range of odd medical conditions to which cats are prone. An explosion of diabetes in felines, for example, takes its toll on shelter cat populations, as stress in the shelter exacerbates this condition. A large number of these cats can be helped by taking them off commercial pet foods and consulting with holistic veterinary practitioners. Growing numbers of shelters are finding that many chronic, systemic ailments in cats are linked to their need for fresh, moist meat. Cat are, after all, obligate carnivores and nutrition is the foundation for all health.Good nutrition is very important for all animals. However the dry commercial diets commonly fed in animal shelters are more harmful to cats than some other species. Furthermore, felines are designed to get much of their moisture from the food they eat. They are not big drinkers, which is why people entice them to drink with water fountains made for cats. Even better: put them on a natural, moist meat-based diet and you will find that you can save many of the felines traditional veterinary medicine says are not savable.

Watch: What's in Pet Food?

Likely Issues or Concerns Found

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February 2019 monthly report

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